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Hard White Wheat

UI Announces Accelerated Breeding for Hard White Spring and Winter Wheat

In the coming five years, the Aberdeen wheat breeding program will devote 50% of its resources on hard white spring and winter wheat, 20% on soft white spring, and 30% on hard red spring and winter as well as specialty wheat such as waxy and biofuel wheat. Development of a soft winter wheat variety will be conducted through collaborative efforts with the wheat breeding program in Moscow. 

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Growers’ help needed to improve crop insurance
Sprout damage from heavy rains in southern and eastern Idaho at the end of the 2014 growing season made evident the inadequacy of current crop insurance for wheat growers, which is based on yields and not quality.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has expressed a willingness to make changes to the quality standard for wheat by addressing the low falling number scale, but the agency wants to address the issue nationwide and needs strong data to support any changes.
Growers can assist the effort by providing multiple years of settlement data, at least the last six years but preferable the last 10 to 12.

RMA does not need and would prefer not to receive growers’ names, addresses and tax ID numbers.

The data must contain: the year; county and state where the crop was grown (not sold/delivered); quality of production; gross price received; net payment (gross less any dockage, but not considering any storage or shipping fees); test weight; and protein.

In addition, the agency needs at least one of the following: DON/VOM; falling number; or other quality spec of interest.
Growers are asked to send info to Blaine Jacobson at blaine@idahowheat.org.